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9th European Kyokushin Tournament

It was rainy weekend in Paris where European Tournament took place this year. Venue of the tournament was at outskirt of Paris, Porte d'Orelans.

19 European countries participated in the event. Atmosphere was fantastic as each participant fought to represent his/her country. Families and friends of hosting and visiting countries were cheering. Arena was engulfed with burning concentration but friendly and good atmosphere.

I arrived at the venue in the afternoon.

Eating Out with Tohyama Sensei

Last year's Christmas Party Raffle Ticket winner Shoichiro went to dinner with Tohyama Sensei! They went to one of the best Japanese Restaurant in London called "JINKICHI". The kitchen chef Mr Tsuji used to train with Tohyama Sensei at Kyokushin Dojo in Japan back in 1985! Here is the comment from Shoichiro.

Osu! Getting the food eating token is great. I had eaten TONKATSU (2 portions) and some of the Sensei's PORK & GINGER FRY.

Training in Japan

Well, it's not the trophy I'm holding, which was won by Sensei Mori (in the picture with me) when he became the Japanese Middle Weight Champion two years ago. (His dream came true three weeks after this photo was taken when he became the World Middle Weight Champion. Congratulations, Sensei Mori!).

My dream was far more humble than his--- to train at a dojo in Japan.

I was born in Japan but did not start learning karate until I settled in the U.K. Every time I heard about dojos in Japan, my wish grew to undertake training in the mother country of karate.

Family and Friends 2009

I participated in the Family session on 26 February with my daughter Masumi. Last year I had to come to the session lonely. But this year I was happy with her.

We arrived at St. Mary's Church around noon, one hour earlier than the opening time of the session.

I peeked at the great hall thinking no one was there, but I was not right. Students of Tohyama Dojo were there and cleaning up. I tried in a hurry to join them, but they smiled and said it got just done. Actually the venue was neatly cleaned, so I could pleasantly do warm-up, chatting with my daughter.

As approaching the opening of